Susan Cummings (actress)

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Susan Cummings
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Cummings and Craig Stevens in "The Long Green Kill".
Born Susanne Gerda Tafel
(1930-07-10) 10 July 1930 (age 84)
Bavaria, Germany
Occupation Actress
Years active 1946–1966
Spouse(s) Robert E. Strasser (1976-present)
Charles T. Pawley (1962-1975; his death)
Keith Larsen (1953-19??; divorced); 1 child[1]
Children Keith Larsen, Jr.

Susan Cummings (born Susanne Gerda Tafel; 10 July 1930, Bavaria, Germany) is a German-American actress of the 1950s and 1960s who appeared in several television shows and films. From 1958 to 1959, she portrayed Georgia, proprietress of the Golden Nugget Saloon, in the syndicated Western television series Union Pacific. She made two guest appearances on Perry Mason — one as Lois Fenton in the title role in the 1957 episode, "The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse", and as Maxine Starrett in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Lame Canary". She appeared as Patty in the iconic 1962 episode of The Twilight Zone, "To Serve Man", in which she deciphers an alien manifesto called To Serve Man and yells "It's a cookbook" in a vain attempt to save the lead character.



  • Bat Masterson (2 episodes; "Dynamite Blows Two Ways" and "Last Stop to Austin")
  • McHale's Navy - The Big Impersonation (1964)
  • The Twilight Zone (episode: "To Serve Man", 1962)
  • Cheyenne (episode: "Winchester Quarantine", 1961)
  • Riverboat (season 2, episode 1: "End of a Dream", 1961)
  • Peter Gunn (season 3, episode 9: "The Long Green Kill"; 1960)
  • Gunsmoke (episode: "The Peace Officer"; 1960)
  • The Untouchables (episode: "Little Egypt"; 1960)
  • Perry Mason (2 episodes: "The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse", 1957; "The Case of the Lame Canary", 1959)
  • Man with a Camera (TV series) (episode: "The Positive Negative", 1959)
  • Science Fiction Theater (TV series) (2 episodes: "The Man Who Didn't Know, 1956; "Survival in Box Canyon", 1956)



  • The Street Is My Beat (1966)
  • Verboten! (1959)
  • Man from God's Country (1958)
  • Utah Blaine (1957)
  • Tomahawk Trail (1957)
  • Secret of Treasure Mountain (1956)
  • Swamp Women (1955)
  • An American In Paris (1951)
  • Merrily We Sing (1946)


  1. ^ "Susan Cummings". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 

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